Clothing and footwear costs were down 4.1 per cent last month due to heavy discounting by retailers

Consumer prices rose by just 0.1 per cent in the year to December, according to new figures published by the Central Statistics Office (CSO). The lat(...)

  Taoiseach Enda Kenny   ahead of the Council of State, meeting to consider legislation reforming the asylum application system, at Aras an Uachtarain.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

A new survey by Isme, the Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association, reveals overall satisfaction with the Government’s performance is at its hi(...)

IFG says the war chest to which it has access to through its agreement with Assetz means SMEs lose less by choosing it rather than other providers. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Cash-starved small and medium-sized firms will soon be able to access emergency funding in a matter of hours in what is being promised as a major sha(...)

Isme estimates that the amount of money lost to the black economy amounts to at least 14 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP)

The Government has been urged to crackdown on a so-called ‘nixer culture’ which is hitting job creation and making it difficult for law-abiding busine(...)

Encouraging: Mark Fielding, chief executive of Isme. Photograph: Frank Miller

Small business group Isme says suppliers are getting paid one week earlier than at this time last year but further improvements are still needed. Pub(...)

The number of people signing on the Live Register fell by 2,600 (0.7 per cent) last month as conditions in the labour market continue to improve. Figu(...)

AIB, along with rival Bank of Ireland, is channelling some €400 millions of funds into the SME sector via the SBCI

SMEs have long complained about how difficult it is to access finance, something the Government belatedly acknowledged when it established the Strateg(...)

19/02/2015 BUSINESS FINANCE NEWS POLITICS Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin and Minister for Finance Michael Noonan at the SBCI funding for SMEs, at The Liffey Trust, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Irish firms gave the Government a positive satisfaction rating for the first time since the crash, according to a survey by Isme, the Irish Small and (...)

Catch it while you can but most pay rises will likely be small and hard won

It’s been a long time coming, but it looks as though pay rises are finally back on the agenda. With most workers having seen a substantial drop in liv(...)

The survey shows that SMEs are keen to access funding from the new State-backed Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland (SBCI)

SMEs are finding it easier to access credit but many face long delays in getting loan approvals, according to a new study.The latest Isme quarterly ba(...)